10 Oldest Buildings in Vancouver

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Vancouver as a city is fairly young—but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some character in our older buildings. These buildings may thwart those older cities from picking on us—at least for a little bit. Check out these relics and give them a visit if you can.

Scroll through the Quietly list below and love any of these beauties you’ve visited!


10 Oldest Buildings in Vancouver

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Vancouver as a city is fairly young—but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some character in our older buildings! Check out these relics and give them a visit if you can.

  • 1905 – National Harbours Board Building

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    Smack dab in the middle of the docks when it was 1st built, now this building is surrounded by industry at the Port. Originally a Mission to the Seafarers, it’s now a home to dormers. 50 Dunlevy Ave.

  • 1905 – St. Paul’s Anglican Church

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    Located in Vancouver’s West End, this Gothic Revival church has a large labyrinth laid in stone on the floor for walking meditation. 1130 Jervis St.

  • 1905 – Model School

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    Now part of the City Square Shopping Centre near Cambie St., this building was originally used for teacher training. 555 West 12th Ave.

  • 1901 – Gabriola

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    Built for the founder of BC Sugar Refining Co., this building currently sits vacant after being both apartments and a restaurant. Also, it’s said to be haunted! 1523 Davie St.

  • 1901 – 472 Schoolhouse

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    This Pioneer Cottage style school was the 2nd to open in the area originally called the Municipality of Point Grey. It’s now being protected in a very kind neighbour’s backyard. 906 West 19th Ave.

  • 1899 – Christ Church Cathedral

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    Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral is in the middle of downtown’s hustle and bustle. Stop by for a self-guided tour of their beautiful stained glass windows. 690 Burrard St.

  • 1899 – Beatty St. Drill Hall

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    Home of the BC Regiment, the most senior military unit in BC, this drill hall has walls measuring 3.5ft thick! Construction was completed in 1901. 620 Beatty St.

  • 1899 – Holy Rosary Cathedral

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    Seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, this cathedral is in the French Gothic Style, and has even been visited by Pope John Paul II. 646 Richards St.

  • 1890 – BC Sugar Refinery

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    Built when Vancouver was only 4 years old, this building is still a fully functioning refinery and is commonly featured in film shoots. 123 Rogers St.

  • 1865 – Hastings Mill Store

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    Moved from its original location by barge, the oldest building in Vancouver is now a museum featuring Native American, pioneer, and immigrant artifacts. 1575 Alma Rd.

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